China: Jim Rogers’s Neighborhood of Make-Believe

by Paul Chesser, Heartland Institute Correspondent on August 5, 2009

Duke Energy CEO and pro-carbon capper Jim Rogers writes for the Wall Street Journal today in support of the expansion of nuclear power capacity in the U.S. Amen to the nukes; not to the inevitable cap tax (however you design it, it’s a tax).

Endeavoring to enhance his green-cred, Rogers also bemoans America’s alleged lagging performance in the mythical “race to develop green energy technologies.” He writes:

As John Doerr, a partner at the venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, recently told a U.S. Senate energy panel, “The United States led the world in the electronics revolution, and we led in biotechnology and the Internet. But we are letting the energy technology revolution speed by us.”

Mr. Doerr noted that the U.S. is home to only one of the top 10 wind turbine producers, only one of the 10 largest photovoltaic solar panel producers, and only two of the top 10 advanced-battery manufacturers.

China is leading this race, and I saw this first hand during a recent trip there. China has doubled its wind-energy capacity each of the past four years, and it is expected to become the world’s largest manufacturer of wind turbines this year. It is already the world’s leading producer of solar panels. The Chinese understand that clean-energy technologies are the key to controlling their energy future.

Does it really matter who’s developing technology, if it’s really worthwhile, so long as we get to use it? Has every technological advancement become a success in the U.S. because we won some “race?” If so, forgive me for not being devastated about missing out on the wind turbine and photovoltaic “revolution.”

And has Rogers now become the mouthpiece of the Chi-coms? I’m sure the regime lackeys ushered him around to all their propagandaful “green” sites, while their pollutin’ polysilicon plants were passed by. Another convenient U.S. dupe for the communists.

Geoffrey Lawrence August 5, 2009 at 6:58 am

My favorite line:

"Duke Energy alone is poised to become one of the 10 largest wind energy producers in the U.S. this year."

Duke is going to be alone as one of the top 10? Apparently, there's no literacy requirement for the Duke CEO job.

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